Tuesday 12 December 2017

Donna Vekic hits out at tennis star Nick Kyrgios over sex sledge

Croatian teenager angered at being the subject of Australian's on-court outburst to Stan Wawrinka in Montreal

Donna Vekic has criticised Nick Kyrgios over his obscene sledging of Stan Wawrinka
Donna Vekic has criticised Nick Kyrgios over his obscene sledging of Stan Wawrinka

Donna Vekic, the Croatian teenager at the centre of the sledging controversy between Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka last week, has hit out at the Australian's behaviour.

Kyrgios provoked widespread outrage in tennis when he was caught on camera at the Rogers Cup in Montreal telling the Swiss: "Kokkinakis banged your girlfriend. Sorry to tell you that, mate.”

That was a reference to Thanasi Kokkinakis, Kyrgios’ Australian Davis Cup teammate and a close friend, while it subsequently emerged that the woman in question was Vekic, whom Wawrinka has been linked to romantically since he divorced his wife, Ilham.

Wawrinka - who was allegedly involved in an angry locker-room confrontation with Kyrgios after the match - was infuriated by Kyrgios' behaviour.

Read more: Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka 'involved in locker room bust-up' after girlfriend slur

"There are things, regardless of how you are, regardless of the stress you have on the court, there are things you just can't say," he said. "And regardless of whether he sidesteps it, I think the way he behaves on court he has big problems.

"Every match he has problems. Every match he behaves very badly.

"On top of that the problem is that he doesn't just behave badly towards himself he behaves badly toward the people around, the other players, the ball kids, the umpires. I really hope the ATP will take major action against him this time."

Vekic, 19, had kept her counsel on the incident, but spoke out for the first time today in an interview with the Canadian newspaper The Province.

"It's not easy but I'm trying to focus on tennis and my next match," she said. "I haven't spoken to Kyrgios. But it's a very disappointing thing to be happening in our sport and I hope it won't happen again because it's not a very good image for our sport."

Kokkinakis was also unimpressed by Kyrgios' behaviour. “He apologised to me," he said. "I let him know, I made it pretty clear that he can’t be doing that. If he’s got a problem, he’s got to say it in private. The way he went about it definitely wasn’t the right thing."

Kyrgios, already one of the most controversial players on the men's circuit, was fined £4,700 for the comments and subsequently issued an apology.


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